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Tara Brach's Dharma Talks
Tara Brach
A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2017-08-09 Meditation: Listening to Life 19:20
The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening – a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-08-09 Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 3: A Mirror 55:49
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature. From the talk: “These are three qualities often described as the essence of awareness: wakeful, open, tender.” And a blessing: “May all beings everywhere remember and trust the loving awareness that is our source. May all beings everywhere live in natural and great peace. May we touch true joy in living. May all beings everywhere awaken and be free.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-08-02 Meditation: Open Awareness – Relaxing Back into Presence (19:22 min) 19:20
This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-08-02 Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 2: Inner Fire 46:20
This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-26 Meditation – Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) 14:27
This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-26 Meditation: Living Presence – Awakening with a Smile 18:45
This practice uses the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, include sound and relax back into the awareness that is the source of all experience. By letting life be just as it is, we become pure living presence – wakeful, open and tender.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-26 Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part I: Forgiveness 49:15
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-19 Love is Always Here 55:27
One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirroring others goodness. Talk includes quotes from Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-12 Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence 14:59
This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-12 Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real 48:40
Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love. A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from the talk: “My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.” NOTE: Tara was away this week and asked for this favorite talk from 2014-11-05 be posted.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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